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What's On At The Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: our Trust Conference/America Forum puts slavery on the agenda in Washington D.C; we publish a new toolkit to help European banks tackle human trafficking; and our new documentary sheds light on the social impact of evictions across Rio de Janeiro.

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistance, media development and training, coverage of the world’s under-reported news, and Trust Conference.

Mourning the Loss of Jennifer Kempton

We are devastated at the sudden death of Jennifer Kempton, Founder of Survivor's Ink, and an exceptional woman whose fight against slavery and human trafficking touched so many lives. Jennifer's powerful testimony at Trust Conference/America Forum, during which she spoke of the years of unimaginable atrocities she'd suffered, moved all who heard her. She leaves a lasting legacy in the ongoing fight to rid the world of this most terrible of crimes. Read our CEO's comment here.

Putting Slavery on the Agenda

On April 25, our Trust Conference/America Forum gathered 300 delegates at Georgetown University to discuss slavery and human trafficking and the role of corporations in fighting forced labour. The event included a high-profile debate on whether encryption is hampering the fight against trafficking, featuring Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr.. More than 78,000 people followed the panel discussions via Facebook Live. You can watch the conference here. Interested in attending our next Trust Conference in London? Find out more here.

Take Action with our Auction

Want to contribute to the global fight against slavery? Here’s your chance. We’re hosting an online auction, live from 5.30pm today, of outstanding photography generously donated by award-winning photographers. Your bid could secure you a unique piece of art, and all proceeds will go directly to the Foundation’s work, allowing us to continue delivering impact where it is most needed. You can view the gallery here and place your bids here

European Banks Join The Fight Against Slavery

Earlier this month, we produced a practical toolkit to help financial institutions identify suspicious activity that might be linked to slavery. The resource, which includes ‘red flag’ indicators to help spot suspicious transactions, has been shared on a confidential basis with banks and money service businesses. The initiative is the main outcome of the European Bankers Alliance, a multi-stakeholder working group led by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Challenging ‘Fake News’

‘Fake news’ has suddenly become a buzzword, but in many developing countries, this obstacle to fair and unbiased media is nothing new. This month, we hosted a packed event with the Frontline Club to discuss how reporters and editors can maintain high journalistic standards and foster trust in society in this ‘post-truth’ environment.

From Food Waste to Gourmet Taste

To mark the launch of our Food Sustainability Media Awards, we invited journalists, academics and media students to a four-course dinner especially created by chef Francesco Mazzei using ingredients traditionally thrown away. Held at Mazzei’s new restaurant Radici, the event showcased how we can all play an active role in putting an end to food waste. For a taster, watch this. Entries for the Award are open until the end of May with €10,000 up for grabs for each winner.

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